Re: Brainstorming: Fabric Armor
- --- In ICG-D@yahoogroups.com, "bruno" <bruno@...> wrote:
>replicate some armor normally done in plastic, but in cloth. Don't
> The list has been quiet lately.
> Looking for ideas on how to make armor from cloth. Looking to
really want to cover the existing armor in cloth. Any ideas for ways
to maybe use the existing armor as a mold and apply something to
stiffen the fabric adequately to hold up without a plastic foundation.
The existing armor isn't just flat-ish pieces, it's quite dimensional.
>What properties do you want the final piece to have? Does it need to
be lightweight? Does it need to stay rigid, or can it be a little
soft? Is it for show only or is someone going to be hitting you with a
Are you using specific fabric you've already picked out, or are you
flexible on materials? How are you transporting the final piece? Do
you have room to lay it in the back seat of the car, or does it have
to be squished into a suitcase? How much assembly are you willing to
do on-site to get it ready to wear?
Sorry, that's a lot of questions and not answers, but I'd need a
better idea of where you're going before I can tell you how to get
I can think of different things you can do with upholstery fabrics,
many of those are quite stiff on their own, I once made SCA armor out
of heavy fabric with attached metal plates in important places. There
are iron-on interfacings that will stiffen thinner fabrics, but not
really make them rigid.
There's also a lot of things you can do with wire supports. Or plastic
boning, or similar materials. Likewise, you can line the fabric with
thin plastic or cardboard that slips into pockets in the fabric.
If you cover the existing armor with plastic wrap, you can probably
use fabric stiffener on a thin material and drape it. Don't know how
that would work on very large pieces, though.
- Thanks for all of the ideas. I have a number of things to try if this project gets off the ground. The type of fabric to be used, and the look of that fabric is integral to the whole concept. At also needs to be rigid without any sort of sub-support structure.
- bruno wrote:
>Are you by any chance working in satin?
> Thanks for all of the ideas. I have a number of things to try if this
> project gets off the ground. The type of fabric to be used, and the look
> of that fabric is integral to the whole concept. At also needs to be
> rigid without any sort of sub-support structure.
Steve Swope (aka phierma@...)